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NASA engineer designs glitter-filled device that punishes package thieves

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Kristin Hillery  •  Dec 18, 2018
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If you’ve ever had a package stolen off your doorstep, you know the feeling: a mix of sadness, confusion, and disappointment in your fellow humans. And if you’re anything like YouTuber, inventor, and former NASA engineer Mark Rober, you probably also wanted to get revenge.

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After getting a notification for a package delivery that he never ended up receiving, Rober checked his security cameras and, sure enough, saw footage of a woman taking the package right off his front doorstep. When he reported it to the police, they said it wasn’t worth their time to look into.

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“I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stance against dishonest punks like this,” explains Rober, who has not only built a dart board that moves to get a bullseye every time, but spent nine years designing hardware for the Curiosity rover that’s currently on Mars. “If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me.”

Rober started with a sketch, then spent six months iterating on the design and doing a ton of testing. The result? Something that would definitely make you regret stealing a package off someone’s doorstep. Watch the entire video below:


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